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Store owner accused of groping, propositioning his employee

By Reece Murphy

The owner of a Lancaster convenience store has been charged with second-degree assault and battery after an employee accused him of groping her and propositioned her with money to have sex with him.
Ankitkumar “Andy” Patel, 30, owner of the Forks convenience store at 1594 Memorial Park Road, was arrested June 10, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.


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Police officer charged with improper use of credit card

By Hannah Strong

A 22-year-old who until this week was a Lancaster police officer and a Riverside volunteer firefighter has been charged with using a county credit card to gas up a personal vehicle in May.
Jayson David Freeman, 22, was charged with breach of trust on Monday, four days after a Lancaster County fuel credit card was reported missing, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
The card was used to buy $42.65 worth of unleaded fuel May 9 at the Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass West. The purchase was made with a PIN assigned to Freeman, the report said.


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Neighbors feud over turkeys in garden

Turkey massacre: More deaths most fowl

By Reece Murphy

A little over a month after an investigation into the alleged killing of a duck by an estranged boyfriend, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another case of fowl play, only this time the victims are turkeys.
According to the incident report, a Buford man who lives in the 4000 block of Tabernacle Road called the sheriff’s office shortly after arriving home from the beach June 1 to find his fence down and 20 turkeys missing.
The turkeys were worth an estimated $240.


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IL love triangle hits social media

FBI to look into sex video case

By Reece Murphy

The York County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are reportedly investigating a dissemination of obscenity case against two Indian Land residents involving a pornographic video posted to social media by a spurned girlfriend.
Though the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was originally involved in the investigation, sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield said its investigation revealed the social media postings did not occur in the county and so no crime occurred here.


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2 motorcycles, van stolen in Indian Land

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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in determining who stole a van and two motorcycles in Indian Land early Thursday, June 1.
Between 4 and 4:30 a.m. that day, two 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycles were taken from 4013 and 4022 Ashby Lane in the Windsor Trace subdivision in Indian Land. Both motorcycles are blue and white.  
Witnesses saw the thieves loading the second motorcycle into a white work van with no tag.


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Man charged with kidnapping after home invasion

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man has been arrested on kidnapping and other charges after a terrifying incident in which a female acquaintance accused him of breaking into her home while she was asleep and assaulting her, a sheriff’s incident report said.
In addition to the kidnapping charge, Robert Mitchell Hough, 52, of 1320 Memorial Park Road in Lancaster, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and battery in the May 22 incident.


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Lancaster man sentenced for straw purchase of gun

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on Wednesday for conspiracy to make a straw purchase of a firearm.
Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia last month to one count of the conspiracy charge.
U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis on Wednesday sentenced Shrader to 21 months in federal prison followed by two years supervised probation.


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Man robbed by polite thieves posing as cops

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies he was robbed last week by two polite armed men who claimed to be police officers.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies responded to 911 calls about shots fired in the 1400 block of Memorial Park Road about 11:59 p.m. May 16 and found 31-year-old Jamal Antonio Twitty, who said he’d just been robbed.


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Wounded fugitive charged in child-sex case

By Greg Summers

A Lancaster man wanted on child-sex charges since May 13 was found shot but not seriously wounded Tuesday, hiding at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.


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Man, mom robbed at gunpoint inside home

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man told deputies he and his mother were robbed in their home Monday morning by two armed men who kicked in their back door, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
James Champion, 65, of 1809 Feature Road, said he was in bed on a futon in the living room about 1:30 a.m. Monday when he heard a loud bang, but before he could stand up, two men in masks appeared over him yelling for him to give them “the money.”


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